J. for Jack L. for Laura E. for Eddie 3 New Waterbury Series E. J. & L.

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I just added a circa 1888 Waterbury Watch Company Grade L duplex running well (circa 8-12 size) to my collection. It's
the smallest one of the three.

Series E. J. & L
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Series E Waterbury Watch Company
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Series J Waterbury Watch Company
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Series L Waterbury Watch Company

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Waterbury Watch Company Trade Card
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Not to detract from the great (under-appreciated) watches, a little tidbit on the trade cards. During this era, the likenesses of well-known people were used to advertise a wide variety of goods and services. Although I haven't been able to identify the folks in Rob's card, I did run across some information on the man and woman in the first card below. As identified to the lower right of their images on the Sarsaparilla card, Mr. Lewis and Mrs. Gilbert were well-known stage personalities of the era. There is even an offer of a 7x13 chromolithograph on the reverse of the card. Their likenesses can be found on a variety of trade cards as seen below.
You can read more about them here Ayer's Sarsaparilla (The Deacon and Liza) Patent Medicine Trade Card 1870s | #1925036583

Waterbury mas all right EJL card.jpg Ayers Sarsaparilla front.jpeg Ayers Sarsaparilla reverse.jpeg Phenix Ins Waterbury couple front.jpg Phenix Ins Waterbury couple reverse.jpg
 

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RE: Series E above

Any pocket watch that in order to set the time you have to move
the hands manually with your finger you know that you are not dealing with
something high in quality (and the dial is paper). I have broken a hand on one of these
setting the time. That being said these watches are still solidly made.
Also, instead of a few winds of the crown and the watch is off and running this Series E needs 150
plus "winds" of the crown. Yet you can still find some of these
watches still running and with it's hands intact(like the one above).
.....but the dials are usually dirty if they were used.

Rob
 
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WOW, i've never seen them before
are they yours. Do you still have them.


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Yes, I have them still. They were a gift many years ago from another contributor here. I intend to keep it all together because it seems a sin to part it. All the springs, escape wheels etc. are still present. -Cort
 

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John, is there any indication on the end of the box that it is the aluminum version of the watch? I have an N - not aluminum plates - that shows this on the end of the box. The top and bottom of the watch appear to be the same as yours, so was just wondering about the box. No guarantees the watch and box were originally together, but I bought them together. The attached price list from the early 1890s doesn't seem to list the aluminum version. Yours is definitely a rarity. Thanks for showing the aluminum plates - Rob (and I!!) definitely need one. :)

Waterbury Watch Addison - N box end.JPG Waterbury Watch Addison - N in box.JPG Waterbury watch Addison - N box bottom.JPG Waterbury Watch Addison - N box inside.JPG Waterbury Watch Addison - N movement.JPG scan0005.jpg
 
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Pat, To see if your watch is original to the box, check the case back and see if it matches. This is from the 1893 catalogue which aligns nicely with your price list.-Cort 7FA4DF7D-3E66-46CC-B8C7-3EDD9D67E308.jpeg
 

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Thanks for sharing the image, Cort. Unfortunately, not a match. This one is in a plain case with matching front and back. Seems the plain case would align with the writing on the box that says it was "my first watch at 8 years of age" but doesn't align with 1045. I've learned to never assume, but I do hope! :)
 

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John, I have not been able to find any records on the WWC aluminum production, although they did make other series with aluminum plates. I'm hoping Cort has uncovered something on this topic.
 

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I have no clue as to total Addison production, much less the variants. Percentage-wise I would guess the aluminum ones represent about 1% based on the two I have. -Cort
 
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